Intersection between the Interest and the Required.

Their are two main possible ways to get things done. One interest driven and the other would me goal driven. Interest driven is something that follows your interest. You are not suppose to over think things because you are interested in it. Goal driven way is one when you do not consciously think about things and you do what you decided you have to accomplish.

I wonder if these two ways to getting things done are mutually exclusive. I also wonder if these two ways are just different side of two coins and go hand in hand.

It also sounds like a way to evade hard work. Which leads to question if is it possible to evade hard work. I intuitively think it depends a lot on focus. Focus plays an important role.

Focus is easy to lose. You lose more that focus when you lose focus. You wonder into realms that are not supportive of your goals. I also feel focus is something we train ourselves to do.

 

The tools of an Escapist.

Paul Miller, the internet hermit from the Verge, has got me into thinking about my own internet usage. Life has become so dependent on information and entertainment supplied through internet that I am not sure if it is at all possible to live without it.

How am I connected to internet? Mobile phone, tablet, Playstation 3, server, Raspberry Pi and laptop are gateway of internet for me. I use phone to do all sort of quick surfing and email. Tablet helps me in reading books, magazine, blogs and news along with internet dependent gaming. Playstations 3 is of course used for gaming and watching Netflix. Raspbetty Pi shares the same interest as Playstation 3 as a media center.  And lastly laptop is mother of all internet connected devices. Their are infinite ways to use internet on laptop.

The most disturbing aspect is frequency of use of each device, quickly move from one to another device and often times simultaneous use of these devices. This leads to a mindless pattern of use of a ‘device’ which feels less of a device and more of a way of life.

This way of life is based on short focus span and quick answers. This learned short focus span is extended to most other aspect of our lives. It is so annoying how people come to you and want to spend time with you but end up tagging you on Facebook. They check their Facebook every two minutes and have to Tweet right away. And they came to spend time with you.

A huge number of people are online around 9 ‘o’ clock in morning. It is the time when they reach their offices. Instead of getting excited about work they are inclined to fulfill their social media needs.

Is internet or any other media responsible for all this brouhaha? It doesn’t seem so. It has certainly helped the escapist attitude to solidify and get trained but the escapist attitude is a major player here.

The escapist attitude is a complex issue and is result of many things and I want to dedicate a future post on it.

Paul Miller’s Internet Fast

A few days ago The Verge writer Paul Miller decided to shy away from internet for a year. Internet has become an integral part of our lives and inevitable. Use of internet without any specific task is now a norm. Like Paul Miller observes in his latest offline column Ghost Limb about him checking his pocket for a smartphone for a quick sneak peak of Facebook or Twitter. And our social gatherings are dominated not by passionate conversations but by ringtone and text tones where coverage is weak and constant location tagging and quick Facebook check.

My own internet habits are dire. I am in front of a screen on all my waking hours. It does contribute to my diminished power of observation, articulation and reasoning because I am too use to pulling answer off internet.